Good Friday

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,

That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,

To number drop by drop Thy blood’s slow loss,

And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved

Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;

Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;

Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon

Which hid their faces in a starless sky,

A horror of great darkness at broad noon–

I, only I.

Yet give not o’er,

But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;

Greater than Moses, turn and look once more

And smite a rock.

-Christina Rossetti

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pilgrims’ hymn

April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus

Even before we call on Your name

To ask You, O God,
When we seek for the words to glorify You,
You hear our prayer;
Unceasing love, O unceasing love,
Surpassing all we know.

Glory to the father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.

Even with darkness sealing us in,
We breathe Your name,
And through all the days that follow so fast,
We trust in You;
Endless Your grace, O endless Your grace,
Beyond all mortal dream.

Both now and forever,
And unto ages and ages,
Amen

Click here to listen to “Pilgrims’ Hymn”

(performed by the Dale Warland Singers)

o nata lux

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

“O Nata Lux”, from Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna”

O nata lux de lumine,
jesu redemptor saeculi,
dignare clemens supplicum
Laudes preces que sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi
dignatus es pro perditis.
Nos membra confer effici,
tui beati corporis.

O born light of light,
Jesus, redeemer of the owrld,
mercifully deem worthy and accept
the praises and prayers of your supplicants.
thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost ones.
grant us to be made members
of your holy body.

Click the link below to listen:

\”O Nata Lux\”, Mvt. III of \”Lux Aeterna\” by Morten Lauridsen

I ♥ Van Gogh

February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lately, I’ve had this Van Gogh fascination.  I mean, I know the guy was crazy, but so were/are many great artists.  I think, in some ways, his own madness contributed to his beautiful works of art.  Here are a few (Note: To view larger images, simply click on each image).

View of Arles with Irises (May, 1888)

Starry Night Over the Rhone (September, 1888)

Blossoming Almond Tree (February, 1890)

The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (September, 1888)

trusting, even when it’s hard

February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Trusting in God can be so difficult. Last Spring, I decided to come back to Wheaton to be a music major, yet again. This after I had convinced myself that psychology was the route for me. Sometimes, it takes things like mono and depression for God to redirect one’s course.  Looking back, I am grateful for both. God used hardship in my life to slow me down and cause me to reflect.

This past semester has been difficult, and I have doubted my abilities so many times.  But through it all, God has been faithful.  He’s always provided when I need to be provided for, always affirmed when I need affirming, and helped move me along when I need a nudge.

I still have leaps and bounds to grow in the area of trusting in God.  I still, all too often, think that my own plans are better than His.  I still often fall flat on my face.  However, it is during those particular times that He is right there, ready to pick me up.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

-Psalm 37:3-6 ESV

peace peace by sara groves

December 8, 2009 § 1 Comment

Peace Peace it’s hard to find
trouble comes like wrecking ball
to you peace of mind
and all that worry you can’t leave behind

all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
are met in Him tonight

peace peace
it’s hard to find
doubt comes like a tiny voice that’s
so unkind
and all your fears they conspire
to unwind you

all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
are met in Him

And in your dark street shines
and everlasting light
and all your hopes and fears
are met in Him tonight

all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
all your hopes and fears
are met in Him tonight

peace peace
peace peace
peace peace

Click here to play the song

prayer of St. Francis

September 11, 2009 § 2 Comments

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.